Dinner at Restaurant Montmirail in Venasque, Provence, France

On night five of our Provence Biking, Food, and Wine Adventure we have what is usually the best meal of the tour. Granted, the food is usually excellent throughout France and this is doubly true in Provence. But the Restaurant Montmirail in the Hotel Montmirail where we spend the night serves delicious… Continue reading “Dinner at Restaurant Montmirail in Venasque, Provence, France”

Cooking Class in Provence, France

If you are a foodie, it must sound like a dream to take a cooking class in Provence. France is obviously famous throughout the world for its cuisine and Provence within France is considered near the top of French cuisine, thanks to the abundance of fresh local ingredients. On our biking tour… Continue reading “Cooking Class in Provence, France”

Provence, France: Gourmet Day of Bicycling

If we are so modest as to say so ourselves, on our Provence Biking, Food, and Wine Adventure we have a truly spectacular day set up that perfectly combines these three elements. We call this day “Bike for Lunch” and it involves multiple stops at local food and wine establishments in the… Continue reading “Provence, France: Gourmet Day of Bicycling”

Painting a Picture of Provence

The Provencal region of southeastern France is bathed in sunlight.  Van Gogh was inspired by this area’s abundance of sunshine and perfect light; Starry Night, the nighttime impression of the beauty of nature outside the village of Saint-Remy, was created here, among almost 300 other works of art.  Looking around the village… Continue reading “Painting a Picture of Provence”

Wine Tasting 101

If you’ve never been wine tasting, or haven’t done so often, you might be under the impression that wine tasting has to be a complicated process filled with opportunities for faux pas. It doesn’t have to be this way. At Zephyr Adventures we spend a great deal of time selecting which vineyards… Continue reading “Wine Tasting 101”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

Choosing an Active European Vacation

There are hundreds of active European adventures you could choose to do on your vacation. At Zephyr Adventures, we have run active tours in a total of 11 different locations in Europe, although we don’t run every trip every year. If you are an active traveler, how do you decide which Zephyr… Continue reading “Choosing an Active European Vacation”

Biking, Food, and Wine in Provence

I returned a few days ago from running two bicycle tours in Provence. I have to say the area is really special for bike touring. In fact, my co-guide Giovanni, who runs our Italian tours and is ardently pro-Italian whether it be wine, food, or coffee, was salivating over the Provencal food,… Continue reading “Biking, Food, and Wine in Provence”

Private Group Travel

Over the years we frequently have been approached to create private tours for a group of friends, a social organization, or a business. When these work, they are super fun. 90% of the time they don’t work because they the group never gets organized. Earlier this month I ran two private group… Continue reading “Private Group Travel”

Provence, Volcanoes, and Travel Insurance

I am sitting in my hotel room in Avignon, listening to the sounds of an accordion player trying to make a living and watching locals and tourists alike stroll through the ancient streets of this stupendous town. Provence is wonderful and we are on our last night of a six-day bicycling tour.… Continue reading “Provence, Volcanoes, and Travel Insurance”

Why Bike Tours Rock – See You in Provence

Some of you might not know that Zephyr Adventures started in 1997 as Zephyr Inline Skate Tours, the first tour company in the world to meet the needs of inline skaters (often called Rollerbladers). Since that time, inline skating has declined in popularity. Nevertheless, we still operate half a dozen inline skating… Continue reading “Why Bike Tours Rock – See You in Provence”